Engineer by degree, artist by passion: Farnaaz Islam

The page in the brochure of the 11 th Contemporary Painting Exhibition organised by BAF which is going on in Guwahati these days showing Farnaaz Islam and her artwork
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Farnaaz Islam of Guwahati is an engineer by qualification but a flourishing artist by passion. She is one of the two artists from Assam who feature in the 11th Contemporary Painting Exhibition organised by the Bengal Art Foundation (BAF) which is going on now at the Gauhati Artists’ Guild in Guwahati.

BAF is today a platform and a beacon light for practising artists. The Foundation is
committed to support artists around the country who are working with a
contemporary attitude to art by projecting their works through exhibitions, art
workshops, art seminars at major centres and creating awareness among the
collectors and the connoisseurs of art in the country.

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The Foundation is also inviting artists from various countries to integrate and create a bonhomie among the practising artists of the world. It is indeed an honour and privilege to be featured in a BAF exhibition. Farnaaz has attained the feat at an early age.

Farnaaz Islam stands beside one of her art works at the 11 th Contemporary Painting Exhibition organised by BAF going on in Guwahati

Farnaaz did her schooling at the Blue Bells School and Holy Child School in
Guwahati. Her father is a doctor and a professor at Gauhati Medical College and
her mother is a lecturer. She herself has done an M Tech in Electronics and
Communications Engineering. But more than her profession, it is her passion for
painting that is taking her places these days.

Expressing gratitude to her parents, Farnaaz says, “I have memories of my parents dropping me at Gauhati Artists Guild, my alma mater for painting lessons, and then my parents taking me to various art competitions, and me getting a 2nd prize in an art competition organised by the Productivity Council of India when I was just a KG student.” Many prizes have come her way in subsequent years and there has not been any looking back ever after that.

Speaking on the side lines of the painting exhibition, Farnaaz further added, “I
learnt to draw before I could speak, no matter how cliched that sounds ; it’s true … my parents encouraged me a lot. My mentors were my teachers at Gauhati
Artists Guild, especially Debananda Ulup Sir, Kishore Kumar Das Sir, and
Aminul Haque Sir … each one of them a legend by their own merits.”

Farnaaz has in the recent past organised a solo exhibition of her paintings at the State Art Gallery Guwahati. It was Debananda Ulup who introduced her to Ashoke Roy, the founder of Bengal Art Foundation paving the way for her to make an entry in the current exhibition in Guwahati which commenced on January 9 and will continue through to January 14.

Brochure cover of the 11 th Contemporary Painting Exhibition organised by BAF
which is going on in Guwahati these days.

Asked about her most memorable experience, Farnaaz says, “My most memorable
experience was my grooming at Gauhati Artists Guild at the age of 12, I
completed the Visual Arts course there. It was an awful feeling, I can’t express it in words.” As for the future, Farnaaz wants to continue experimenting with acrylic
and water colour using various styles, and learn more and more tricks of the trade
until she is able to open her own you-tube art channel.